Six-year-old children will soon be tested on their ability to read basic words such as ‘cat’, ‘street’ and ‘zoo’. Education ministers have revealed that the back-to-basics plans for the tests will be piloted next year and is set to be permanent throughout schools in 2012.
The informal tests will be based on the phonics reading scheme, where pupils learn the sounds of letters and different groups, before putting together to form words.
“Parents want to know how their children are reading and this will tell them,” says Education Secretary, Michael Gove. “We are determined to raise literacy standards in our schools, especially of those not achieving the expected level.”
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